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ABSOLUT INSPIRES A NEW MOVEMENT OF CREATIVITY WITH AN ABSOLUT BLANK
In collaboration with a new generation of artists, Absolut Vodka is introducing Absolut Blank a global creative movement, in which Absolut appears as a catalyst for contemporary leading-edge creativity.
Absolut has always challenged conventions through creative collaborations with artists such as Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, and more recently Ellen von Unwerth and Spike Jonze. Absolut Blank is a daring new chapter for Absolut.
“In Absolut Blank, Absolut has boldly made its iconic bottle into a blank canvas to inspire artists throughout the world to collaborate and fill it with creativity. We brought together creative collaborators from a variety of disciplines and watched the journey from pure white canvas to exceptional pieces of art. The result depicts how artists and creativity are inspired through Absolut,” says Mark Hamilton, Global Marketing Director at The Absolut Company.
The 20 artists participating in Absolut Blank represent a variety of creative disciplines from across the globe; from drawing, painting and sculpting to film making and digital art. Among the artworks are UVA’s high intensity, bright and striking light installations, Mario Wagner’s attention-grabbing cut-out imagery, the colourful and playful graphic design of Aesthetic Apparatus, the bold illustrations of Kinsey and the detailed work of Good Wives and Warriors.
“With Absolut Blank, we want to contribute to a global creative movement. Ultimately, making the world even more vibrant and exceptional. It All Starts With an Absolut Blank,” Mark Hamilton continues.
Absolut Blank was launched in several countries mid-2011, supported by TVC, Print, OOH, Digital and Experiential. Absolut Blank was created by Absolut in collaboration with TBWA\Chiat\Day, New York.
Participating Artists In Absolut Blank:
Midwesterners Dan Ibarra and Michael Byzewski of Aesthetic Apparatus have carved a niche as designers of iconic band posters for the likes of the Meat Puppets, Frank Black, the White Stripes and many more.
Over the years, their limited edition, screen-printed concert posters and art prints have created a certain aura about their work.
Their growing reputation has landed them gigs for Blue Q, Stella Artois, Harper Collins, American Cancer Society and Criterion Collection, and their work has been featured in Print, Step Into Design, Communication Arts, Creative Review, and Rolling Stone (among others), as well as in the recent Chronicle Books rock art Bible, “The Art of Modern Rock.”
Fantasy and imagination have marked Kent-born artist David Bray from the start.
As a child he drew images of space travel that depicted himself and his friends exploring distant planets.
Later his imagination turned frequently toward an idealized female form. Inspired by the pre-Raphaelites and by 60’s artists such as Allen Jones and Eric Stanton, Bray creates diaphanous, fragile drawings that explore emotion, longing, utopia and the world of fantasy.
His commercial work has landed him projects for Harvey Nichols, H&M, Puma, Virgin, Sony and others, and his work has been published in Elle, Flaunt, The Sunday Times, Time Out and many more places.
Good Wives and Warriors
Good Wives and Warriors is a design duo made up of former Glasgow School of Art classmates Becky Bolton and Louis Chappell and best known for making labour-intensive, imaginative, intricate and large scale wall drawings with titles such as “Giant Squids Attacking the Earth” and “Mountain Punk and a Spiritual Gang Bang.”
The duo work so seamlessly together that on some projects when it’s all over they themselves can’t tell who painted what. The past few years have taken them to shows across Europe, the U.S., South America and Australia, landed their work in the pages of several design magazines and books as well as gigs with MTV, adidas, Urban Outfitters and Swatch.
Their future dream jobs would be as small as book cover design and as large as painting the wall outside London’s Tate Gallery.
Los Angeles-based Kinsey is a powerhouse of the graffiti-turned-fine-art set.
His paintings and designs tend to find analogies for human culture and conflict in the natural and animal worlds, and the resulting images are both beautiful and unsettling.
Coming of age just before the explosion of computer-based design and being trained as a fine artist in painting and drawing, it’s perhaps natural that Kinsey’s art has its roots in a painterly, “by hand” aesthetic that shines through even in works where the computer plays an important role.
Whether he’s painting on canvas or designing sneakers, a leather jacket or motorcycle helmet, everything Kinsey does has a vibrant, kinetic, multi-layered look that is his alone.
To transport his vision from the mental to the physical plane of existence, Mario Wagner depends on his finesse with scissors and glue.
Inspired by pop art and the colours of planet Earth, his work combines collage with vintage print media to create mysterious, retro worlds of cinematic intrigue and sci-fi fantasy.
He’s fascinated by the era when the future Space Age was imminent and the possibilities of technology seemed limitless. The storytelling aspect in his work challenges the viewer to ask both where the journey begins and where it will end.
His illustrations and artwork have been featured in Esquire, Vanity Fair, Playboy and The New York Times Magazine. He lives in San Francisco.
The intricate worlds New York-based Thomas Doyle builds in 1:35 scale and smaller find their inspiration in memory. In a sense the miniature scale suggests the uncanny way that emotions and time are crossed in our memories. How single moments in life – transformational or merely transitory – can capture, preserve and distort reality all at once. Peering through glass at a Thomas Doyle creation creates a feeling a private intensity, a wistful – but also hopeful – sensation that by looking out one is actually looking in.
United Visual Artists – UVA – is a London-based collective that draws its energy from breaking down the boundaries between research, software, engineering and art. At the heart of UVA is a belief in the cross-pollination of skills and disciplines – and an aesthetic that favours one material above all others: light. Whether it’s designing a series of world tours for Massive Attack or an installation at the Tate Gallery in London, UVA’s work reverses the usual cliché: where a lot of art seems complex but means less the more you think about it, UVA creates work of sometimes striking simplicity whose depth and richness take time to sink in.
Los Angeles-based Adhemas Batista likes to say that his job is selling colours.
Bright orange and black. Magenta and pink. Purple and baby blue. He has brought his colourful and distinctive illustration and graphic design style to advertising agencies, design studios and interactive shops around the world.
Born in Sao Paulo City, Brazil, Adhemas Batista is a selftaught digital artist who has slowly built a globally known name for himself doing great work for Absolut, Pepsi, Nike, Toyota, Coca- Cola and many others.
Another thing Adhemas likes to say is that if you’re an artist you need to have a big creative monster inside yourself trying to blow your mind and paint the world with your creativity.
Born and raised in Barcelona, Alex Trochut has stayed loyal to the Spanish metropole. Alex Trochut’s illustrations, designs and typography take the modern notion of minimalism and flip it on its side.
Trochut’s work philosophy is “More is more.” It’s rich with elegant, brilliantly detailed executions that simultaneously convey indulgence and careful, restrained control.
Trochut is driven by a desire to constantly evolve, which can be seen in his eclectic body of work.
Alex Trochut’s clients include Nike, The Rolling Stones, Nixon, British Airways, Coca-Cola, The Guardian, Non Format, Wieden + Kennedy, Saatchi and Saatchi, BBH, Fallon, and Beautiful Decay.
A central theme to much of the Oakland-based Brett Amory’s work has been “waiting”. In waiting there is sense of possibility, openness, lack of direction and even identity.
Amory became fascinated with people at train stations, bus stops or in grocery store lines. “Most people, when they’re waiting, they’re not in the present…They’re in multiple places.”
Brett Amory received his BFA from the Academy of Fine Art in San Francisco.
After getting hooked on drawing and starting in animation, he switched to fine art and painting out of a love of colour. In the past year he has had solo shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, New York and San Jose.
Asked if working as an artist makes him see the world differently, Brazil-born illustrator/designer/typographer Eduardo Recife answers that really it’s the opposite: Seeing the world differently has made it possible for him to work as an artist.
From an early age, Eduardo found himself compelled to create art as a means of filtering information and putting his thoughts and feelings on paper. His work has a strange paradoxical quality – refined and joyful vintage imagery may appear in a sad or hollow-feeling composition. A primitive recklessness is held in check by a life-affirming harmony and beauty.
In the past few years he has worked for HBO, Burton and Nike and his work has been shown all over the world – in Japan, Australia, Denmark, Brazil and London.
In his graphic designs, illustrations and paintings, Fernando Chamarelli mixes multiple aesthetic influences – cartoons, caricatures, tattoos and street art – with multiple cultures. He finds inspiration in Maori, Celtic, Egyptian and Chinese art, as well as in pre-Columbian cultures.
But the biggest influence is his homeland. Growing up in central Brazil, he was surrounded by rivers, waterfalls and birds – the sort of organic shapes, surprising colour palettes and elements one finds in his work.
He’s inspired by Brazilian music, fauna, flora, folklore and football. He re-designed the Brazil team’s crest for Umbro, a project made all the more fun for him due to his love of the sport.
Having grown up in Albany New York, Jeremy Fish was raised on a diet of Dr. Seuss, Richard Scarry, the Brothers Grimm and skateboarding.
Since receiving his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in the ‘90’s, he has found a stylistic niche while becoming one of the most prolific and hard-working fine artists and commercial illustrators on the West Coast.
Whether he’s working on T-shirts, skateboards, album colours, sneakers or good old paper, with each explosion of drawings and designs he explores new aspects of a unique storydriven world.
Rome-born, London-based Ludovica Gioscia’s collages are bright and complex, whimsical and provocative. They mix colours, patterns, media, politics and ideas.
She finds inspiration in the excesses of fashion and hedonism, and her reactions are both insightful and fun to look at. Her “Soft Power” series, for instance, features glamour shots of women whose faces have been pasted over with make-up smears and beauty products.
Her “Paninaro” solo show was a critical look at an 80’s Milan-based trend which she associates with the birth of a certain hedonistic consumerism she finds both troubling and inspirational.
In 2010 her work was exhibited in Barcelona, London, Geneva, Pittsburgh and New York.
For Bronx-born artist Marcus Jansen, accidents are just a matter of perception.
He lets them happen in his paintings because they tap into something the conscious mind leaves out. He has an analogous view of graffiti. Returning from service with the U.S. army in Saudi Arabia in 1990, Jansen looked at his surroundings differently – and his work evolved dramatically.
He felt that most paintings of urban landscapes left out the dirt, graffiti and feeling of the place. His “urban expressionism” seeks to capture the reality of urban landscapes.
The New Britain Museum of American Art, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, The Moscow Museum of Modern Art and the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art have all purchased works by Jansen.
New York-based Doug Cunningham and Jason Noto created Morning Breath in the 1990’s after working together at Think Skateboards in San Francisco.
At Think they realized that Jason’s graphic design training matched up well with Doug’s skills as an illustrator…and off they went.
Their work often features a brightly coloured pastiche of elements like the advertisements one finds in old comic books and catalogues – risqué and whimsical.
In recent years they’ve developed a large cult following for their work across various platforms, and have created stand-out album covers for Queens of the Stone Age, Maximum Balloon, Them Crooked Vultures, Foo Fighters and many others.
Robert Mars is a former skateboarder, the design director of streetwear label Zoo York, and a fine artist who – for the past ten years – has been documenting in his fine art work parts of Americana that are quickly fading.
His unique spirit and energy reflects a love for the freedom and DIY ethic that infuses the skating world at its best, a connection to contemporary trends, a poetic sensibility and a fine-grained knowledge of a distinct facet of American history.
His work is exhibited with the likes of Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and Robert Rauschenberg, and has been shown worldwide including galleries in Munich, Tokyo, Amsterdam, London, Australia, Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Laguna Beach, Atlanta, Aspen, and Naples.
In each of his paintings, drawings and designs, Sam Flores takes a deep stroll through human fears and passions -a landscape where beauty is lost and found – and then creates dark, honest portraits.
His colour palette tends toward the earth tones of his native New Mexico, sometimes crossed with the magic and more vibrant colours of Asia – where he has been a frequent traveller for ten years – and the psychedelic associated with his adopted city of San Francisco.
Will Barras is an artist, illustrator and animation director living and working in London.
He grew up in Birmingham and moved to Bristol to study graphic design. Will became one of a new crop of young artists working within Bristol’s world-renowned street art scene. This led to Will appearing in and becoming a founding member of the Scrawl collective.
Activity within this collective slowed down after a few years, but Will continues to Paint and Travel, following a gruelling schedule and continually evolving his style and technique.
He has developed a distinctive illustration style, making his work easily recognized and highly appreciated.
Texan Zac Freeman’s work has been compared favourably to that of Chuck Close and Bernard Pras, with some people saying they have never been more astounded by the work of a living artist.
He achieves complex colour and shading effects and remarkably realistic human portraits through the arrangement of three-dimensional found objects such as Lego, coloured pins, dice, buttons, bottle caps and those square plastic bread-bag ties with the date stamp on them.
His work has been recognized internationally in the past few years with shows in London, Brussels, Chicago, Amsterdam, New York and Miami.
Named after a character in the Puccini opera Tosca, Sigismondi’s history is as dramatic as her work. Born in Pescara, Italy in 1965, she relocated to the steel factory town of Hamilton, Ontario at the age of two.
Floria credits her full-blooded Italian opera singing parents with fostering her artistic aspirations. Floria’s film work is characterized by the kind of theatrical and dramatic imagery found in the great tragedies of Italian opera or Greek mythology.
Making the inevitable move to New York, international success soon became a reality, not just a dream. Her brilliant and provocative videos have featured such luminaries as David Bowie, Marilyn Manson, Sheryl Crow, Tricky, Sigur Ros, Christina Aguilera, The White Stripes and Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.
In advertising industry circles Hank Corwin is known as a legendary editor whose creative portfolio comprises a ‘who’s who’ of high profile campaigns and global agencies. As the founder of bi-coastal editorial company Lost Planet, Corwin continues to apply his subtle and nuanced editing style to worldwide advertising campaigns for brands including American Express, Cadillac, Heineken, HP, Nike and Sprint. Some of Corwin’s recent projects include the Martin Scorsese directed ad campaign for American Express, the Roman Coppola directed Comcast campaign and the Jake Scott lensed adidas campaign.
The Octopus Project
Since their founding in 1999 The Octopus Project has been in pursuit of sounds and sights that explode the senses and stretch the imagination. Beginning as an experiment in gathering all their varied interests (electronic sounds, unfamiliar instruments and live, face-melting rock’n'roll to name a few) into one endeavor, the band has developed into a formidable live force and has also produced four increasingly intense and inventive studio albums. In the process, they’ve become internationally known both for their performances – a delirious mash-up of dance beats, noise guitar, and graceful theremin melodies – and for their visual aesthetic.